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Food banks appeal


Buckinghamshire Council Leader Martin Tett is urging residents to support their local food banks during the virus crisis by remembering to buy a couple of extras when supermarket shopping.

He said: ‘Local food banks need our help more than ever right now, as they come under pressure due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Donations are reportedly down at several food banks, while everyone is, understandably, worried about having enough supplies.

‘The council is working with local partners and community groups to encourage people to donate, but also to possibly volunteer. While you’re doing your shopping don’t forget to get something extra to keep someone in need going.’

What’s needed?
Donations to food banks will be needed more than ever in coming weeks and months. Non-perishable household essentials are always needed, such as:

toilet roll
toiletries
dry pasta
tins
jars
long life juice or UHT milk.

How can you help?
The best place to donate right now is at supermarket drop-off points. By donating while you do your regular essentials shop, you can still help out while limiting your contact with others during this phase of social distancing.

To find up-to-date information on the specific needs of your local food banks you can check their websites and social media pages – a list of which can be seen below.

For more information:
The council’s Community Hub page has been set up so that anyone who wants to help during this time can be matched with areas where there is need. Visit buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

Food banks in or near Buckinghamshire:
aylesbury.foodbank.org.uk/
chiltern.foodbank.org.uk/about/
onecantrust.org.uk/
aylesburyvineyard.church/storehouse/
slough.foodbank.org.uk/

Using a food bank if you need help:
If at any time you feel you need help and supplies from a food bank, the Trussell Trust has plenty of advice and resources on its website, trusselltrust.org/get-help/emergency-food/


March 26, 2020
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